Final Up to date: 11/09/19 8:02pm
Rory McIlroy celebrated being named PGA Tour Participant of the Yr for the third time, however he’s already planning forward for subsequent 12 months’s Masters.
McIlroy was clearly stunned when he was introduced with the Jack Nicklaus award, by Jack Nicklaus himself, after topping the voting from his fellow PGA Tour professionals forward of present world No 1 Brooks Koepka.
The 30-year-old captured the PGA Tour’s flagship occasion, The Gamers Championship, in March for the primary time, and he ended the season with a dominant victory on the Tour Championship which earned him his second FedExCup title, and a $15m bonus.
However after one other irritating 12 months on the majors, McIlroy is aiming to place that proper in 2020 and has made profitable the Masters his No 1 precedence as soon as once more as he appears to atone for a variety of near-misses at Augusta Nationwide.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities Information, this is what McIlroy needed to say on his need to win the Inexperienced Jacket, the respect he has for Koepka, the controversial new main schedule and rather more ….
McILROY ON THE MASTERS
I’d give quite a bit [to win it]! It is the one left for me. I’ve been very lucky and fortunate sufficient to win just about all the pieces else there may be to win in golf, so that is the final piece within the puzzle.
I really feel after a season like I’ve had that I’m extra prepared than ever to go and attempt to declare it and win it. Each time you return there you get increasingly snug, so hopefully subsequent 12 months is the 12 months.
I really feel like I’m assured sufficient in my sport that I’ll have likelihood subsequent 12 months.
ON WHO HE VOTED FOR
I voted for Brooks to win. I thought it was fairly tight. Brooks had an unbelievable 12 months, received one other main and performed fantastically.
He beat me in Memphis fairly convincingly in July after which I received him again in Atlanta a number of weeks in the past. I thought it was going to be fairly tight and I did not know whether or not the key that he received was going to sway the vote a method or one other.
It is good once you’re voted on by your friends and also you come out on prime, it is a good feeling.
ON WINNING THE PLAYERS
It is all the time good to get a win beneath your belt in the beginning of the season and that is the primary actually huge event of the 12 months. It is a spot that I’ve struggled at for some time and I assume the transfer again to March meant that the course performed extra favourably for me.
I may hit driver extra, might be just a little extra aggressive and it was a terrific place to get a win. That clearly then set me up for what has been a terrific season.
ON THE COMPACT MAJOR SCHEDULE
We’re all creatures of behavior and it felt very bunched collectively for numerous us, but it surely’s the way in which it’s. We do not make the schedules and we’re advised the place to play, so you need to be able to play.
I thought it labored properly. I assume individuals nonetheless had sufficient time to prepare for every huge occasion. It retains individuals just a little bit extra , significantly on this facet of the pond with the FedExCup ending just a little earlier.
It is an adjustment for everybody, however I assume by the point subsequent 12 months comes round I do not assume you will hear an excessive amount of dialogue in regards to the schedule anymore.
ON PLAYING POST-FEDEXCUP
It is not the primary time that I’ve received a bit and at this level I play for that, however on the similar time you want day off to mirror and recharge the batteries.
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I’m heading to Wentworth on Sunday after which play the Dunhill Hyperlinks Championship the week after, after which I get again to Florida and have three weeks off earlier than going to Asia.
I’ll play in Japan and China after which I’ll head to Dubai, so I’ve nonetheless received fairly a little bit of journey developing, however then after that I assume I’m going to take eight weeks off to loosen up and mirror on what’s been a terrific 12 months and attempt to get myself again up once more for 2020.
ON THE STATE OF HIS GAME
I assume if I look again at different years the place I’ve had success, whether or not that be 2012 or 2014, I really feel like I’m a greater golfer now than I was then and that is all I can ask for.
I really feel like I’ve improved, I really feel like I’ve learnt a number of issues about myself and my sport and that provides me loads of confidence going ahead.
It has been a beautiful stretch for me since I turned professional 12 years in the past to now, I’ve been on an unimaginable journey and I really feel like I’m not even on the midway level but. I’ve received lots left to stay up for.